Last week, Gina Carano was fired from The Mandalorian after the actress posted a photo on Instagram that compared being a conservative to being Jewish during the Holocaust. This post was the final straw for Lucasfilm and Disney, who had previously asked Carano to apologize for her mocking of Twitter users who include their gender pronouns in their bios. When Lucasfilm film announced Carano’s firing last week, they stated she would not be a part of The Mandalorian, or future Star Wars projects. In a new interview, Carano says that she found out she was fired at the same time the public did.
In a new interview, Gina Carano discusses how Disney asked her to apologize for a past post from September 2020, using a statement written by Disney. Carano refused, made her own statement, and continued her streak of controversial social media posts. After Carano refused to share Disney’s statement, the Cara Dune actress states she was pulled from all press and promotion for The Mandalorian, which Carano says, “That was heart-breaking.”
But Gina Carano also says that that experience with Disney asking her to apologize was the last she heard from the studio. “That was the last time I was contacted about any type of public statement or apology from Lucasfilm. I found out through social media, like everyone else, that I had been fired.” But considering there were five months between Carano being asked to apologize and when she was ultimately fired, the actress must have known that not hearing from Lucasfilm during all that time must not have been good for her future in the Star Wars universe.
There have also been rumors that Gina Carano’s Cara Dune was going to be a bigger part of the upcoming Star Wars television universe than just The Mandalorian. At Disney’s Investor Day in December, the company confirmed and revealed several Star Wars projects that are coming to Disney+. In addition to shows like Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett, which will all tie into The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm discussed another new series called Rangers of the New Republic. While Lucasfilm hasn’t shared many details about Rangers of the New Republic, it is rumored that this show would have starred Gina Carano as Cara Dune.
It’s unclear whether or not Cara Dune will be recast or if the character will be completely taken out of the Star Wars universe, likely changing Lucasfilm’s plans for their upcoming projects. But Gina Carano already has her next project lined up, making a film for Ben Shapiro’s conservative website, The Daily Wire. In a statement made announcing the project, Carano stated, “They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.” This new project was announced only 24 hours after Cararo was fired by Lucasfilm.
But Gina Carano must have known that her outlook for the future of Star Wars wasn’t good when the company didn’t contact her for almost half a year. This must have been especially odd considering Disney’s major plans for Cara Dune’s future, and the fact that she wasn’t mentioned at all in Disney’s Investor Day presentation. While this is a bad look for Lucasfilm to fire someone without letting them know, it seems like Carano should have been able to see the signs and known that her time in the Star Wars universe would soon be coming to an end.